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January 01st 2008 print

Paolo Bertolani/Jennifer Compton

Poems from Lerici: Also

Diu al ghe.
S’al gh’e la figa al ghé.
(There is a God.
If there’s the cunt there is God.)

—Cesare Zavattini

Against a pile of logs, at La Frediana,
you would say, touch me,
this body

must also die—
your legs open, and between them
I could see a sort of
pink and black swallow in flight:
which became all seeing,
and also spoke, when you said that.

Paolo Bertolani
translated by Massimo Bacigalupo and Jennifer Compton